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Masks are Mandatory in Indoor Public Spaces

Based on advice from Peel Public Health, Brampton Council approved City of Brampton By-law 135-2020 which makes non-medical masks or face coverings mandatory in all indoor public spaces in the City of Brampton, beginning today, July 10. 
 
This decision was made to protect the health of our residents and workers and support businesses as they reopen and the economy advances through Stage 2 of the Province's reopening and recovery phases.
 
We have created a toolkit which contains everything you will need to ensure you and your business are in compliance with this by-law. All of the information and resources you will need, including a sample policy and printable pdfs of posters for you to display at the entrance to your business, is located at
Brampton.ca/masks.
 
By July 15, Brampton businesses who operate establishments which serve the public are required to be prepared for this by-law. 
 
As a business owner/operator, here's what you need to do: 
● Create a mask policy for your business. The policy does not need to be posted or submitted to the City but the owner/operator shall, upon request, provide a copy of the policy for inspection by an Officer. (
Sample Policy)

● Communicate this new policy to staff and customers.
● Post signs at all entrances reminding everyone to wear a mask. (Download Sign)
● Train your staff on the policy and who is exempt.
● Ensure that all staff, customers or visitors wear a mask indoors, with some exceptions (e.g. children under the age of two and people with certain health conditions, employees in designated areas or protected by a physical barrier). Note that proof is not required if someone has an exemption. Individuals and businesses not adhering to this by-law may be fined a minimum of $500 and maximum of up to $100,000 for each offence.
 
Thank you for working with us to combat COVID-19 in our community. If you have any questions, please contact the City of Brampton:

● Businesses with over 20 employees, email
invest@brampton.ca.
● Businesses with under 20 employees, email bec@brampton.ca

Toolkit for Businesses

● Entry Screening Sign (pdf)
● Mandatory Mask Signage (pdf)
● Sample Policy for Businesses: Mandatory Face Coverings (docx)
COVID-19 Business Reopening 101 

On Wednesday, July 15th from 9:00am to 10:00am the City of Brampton will be hosting a webinar in partnership with the Region of Peel for the business community that outlines best practices from Public health on continuing to manage COVID-19 in the workplace.
 
Dr. Lawrence Loh, Medical Officer of Health, Peel Region will cover various topics and answer your questions about safely reopening your business.
 
COVID-19 Business Reopening 101
In this first joint webinar with Peel Public Health and City of Brampton, business owners and operators can learn how to:

Safely reopen using a step-by-step guide through the Ontario Workplace Safety Plan
Minimize the spread of COVID-19 while business is open
Understand who does what: Ministry of Labour, Public Health, Employer
Get access to a toolkit to implement guidance 

Answer questions you may have i.e. face mask and policy requirements etc

 
Click here to register for Business Reopening 101 webinar
 
Downtown Brampton BIA Farmers' Market: Booth Opportunity 

The Downtown Brampton Farmers’ Market provides residents and visitors with an open-air market experience where they can purchase a diverse array of fresh produce, baked goods and prepared foods straight from the producer. Every year, the DBBIA offers all BIA members the opportunity to set up a corporate booth on one of the Saturdays from June 27 – October 24, 2020. To book your spot, please contact Teagan at  teagan.pecoskieschweir@brampton.ca or call 437-994-5181.
Click here to see more information on Brampton Farmers' Market
Click here to see the Farmers' Market Map
Downtown Brampton BIA Coffee Talk – Friday, July 17, 2020 9:00-10:00 a.m.

The Downtown Brampton BIA will be hosting a virtual Coffee Talk with Executive Director Suzy Godefroy, and DBBIA board members and staff to discuss Masks in the workplace. As you all know, the City of Brampton just recently endorsed a new  By-law 135-2020 which makes non-medical masks or face coverings mandatory in all indoor public spaces in the City of Brampton.  Enjoy this conversation and weekly touch point with your downtown Brampton business community!

URL: 
 https://zoom.us/j/95532277856
Call in: +1-647-558-0588
Meeting ID: 955 3227 7856

Upcoming Webinars

WEDNESDAY
 
 July 15 | 2pm - 3pm |
Crisis Marketing: How to Recover Customers & Revenue Taken by COVID-19
Join Jeremy Miller — president of Sticky Branding and bestselling author — for a live webinar on Crisis Marketing. Jeremy shows you how to adjust your business strategy and value proposition to find new customers and sources of revenue taken by COVID-19.
Presented by BEC

THURSDAY

 
July 16 | 10am - 11:30am |
Writing Funding Applications (Grant Writing 101)
You’ve got a great social enterprise idea, project or venture but to take the next step, you need funding. This session is for you!
You will:

● Review the different steps to create a strong funding application
● Understand the essential components of a work plan and budget
● Practice step-by-step development of a project-specific work plan and budget
● Leave the session with components needed to create your next funding application

Presented by Sheridan EDGE

July 16 | 2pm - 3:30pm |
The Profitable Pivot: How to Get Real Market Feedback When You’re Changing Direction
In this engaging, interactive session you'll uncover a simple, 5-step process that will help you get real, relevant market feedback from potential and actual customers before or while you pivot so you don’t waste time or money on things nobody wants. 
Presented by BEC

July 16 | 3pm - 4pm |
CX Training: How to Adapt Customer Service in the Time of COVID-19
​To put it bluntly, things are not normal out there. COVID-19 is impacting people on myriad levels and will continue to do so. During this challenging time, we must adjust our behaviors both as customers and companies, working together to get through it. That includes how we interact in the realm of customer service. 
Presented by BEC

BIA Consumer E-News promotion opportunities

Would you like the opportunity to promote your business in the BIA consumer E-news? Our consumer E-news is sent out every Thursday to over 2000 subscribers. We will highlight  three businesses/promotions for each consumer E-news. The slots will be first come, first serve basis.

Please forward photos/promotions to
alex.philip@brampton.ca, and if you have any inquiries please feel free to email him as well.

Downtown Brampton BIA Recovery Marketing Rebate Program June 15 -- September 30, 2020

Attention all downtown Brampton BIA businesses, as businesses across the country, are struggling
with the effects of the Covid-19 crisis, the DBBIA has just recently approved a Marketing Rebate for BIA members.
 
The Marketing Rebate details include:
● A rebate of 50% of costs associated with marketing projects, up to $250 per business per period be provided to DBBIA members;
● Funded marketing projects must include “Downtown Brampton” in some capacity;
● The period to be defined as June 15, 2020 - September 30, 2020;
● Funds available on “first come, first serve” basis
● Limitations of allowable expenses to be determined by committee;
● The program be funded from the BIA budget by withdrawing allocated funds from the Party in the Lanes budget;
● Full budget not to exceed $10,000;
● Businesses must submit an application as well valid receipts.
● Cheques will be issued in accordance with BIA policy.
● If there is a balance of funds at the end of the period, businesses/property owners may reapply for consideration of additional funds to offset excess expenditures.
● Applications for additional funds will be reviewed by committee

Download the DBBIA Marketing Recovery Rebate application
Floral and Decorative Rebate Program
The Downtown Brampton BIA has a special merchant flower planter, or decorative rebate, whereby the BIA will fund your business 50% of your floral/garden box/ front of your business decorative supplies up to $150.00, which is a maximum rebate of $75.00 to beautify your front entrance way.
Download the Floral & Decorative Rebate application
Clean and Safe Rebate Program

A rebate of 50% of costs associated with specific cleanup and environmental design projects, up to $150 per business per period be provided to DBBIA members.
Conditions:

● Costs incurred between January, 2020 - December, 2020
● Allowable expenses include all outdoor cleaning and/or safety/beautification upgrades.
●  Businesses must submit an application as well valid receipts.
● Multiple applications are allowable up to the maximum $150 per business/property.
● Cheques will be issued in accordance with BIA policy.
● Rebates are available first come/first serve.
●  Maximum funds for this program period = $5,000.00 total.
● If there is a balance of funds at the end of the period, businesses/property owners may reapply for consideration of additional funds to offset excess expenditures.
●  Applications for additional funds will be reviewed by committee.

To take advantage of this program email Teagan at 
teagan.pecoskieschweir@brampton.ca or call 437-994-5181.
Download the Clean and Safe Rebate application
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